Time really does fly by and this year has been no exception. As 2013 nears it’s end I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on what a memorable and absolutely crazy (in both a good and hectic way) year it has been.
This was the first full year that my newly wed husband, and I were able to spend together as a family with our pups, Juno and Bella. Prior to, and for a few months after our marriage we were in a long-distance relationship (with him in the Air Force and attending school in Bethesda, MD and myself finishing school up in Potsdam, NY). With that obstacle now behind us, we began the first five months of the year living in our 2-bedroom apartment just on the outskirts of Washington DC in Silver Spring, MD. Being officially done with school, I was working as a nanny for an amazing family with two wonderful girls. While I enjoyed walking around the monuments and experiencing the stunning springtime cherry blossoms, we knew that come June, we would be relocating and starting a new adventure in Ohio.
Knowing that in a few months we would be making the big move, I decided to attend my first ever Bridal Expo in Dayton in February. Talk about nerve racking and also rather difficult since we weren’t yet living in the area. But I felt it was a great way for me to get my name out there and see to what I would be soon walking into. You have to start somewhere to make your dreams a reality!
As April came in full bloom, I had shot an engagement session for my wonderful friend during a weekend visit to NY, and after months of looking online at homes we were finally able to travel up to Ohio to look at some places in person. After many tours, the last home we looked at turned out to be the one!
Now transitioning into May- May marked the end of our journey in Maryland. My husband, being the brilliant and amazing man he is, graduated from The Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences as Dr. Mark Lamson and moved up rank to Captain in the Air Force. SO PROUD! Then just a few short days after graduation all of our stuff was packed up in boxes and we were ready for the move.
On June 1st we were on our way to Dayton. Unfortunately we were still waiting on paperwork for our house so we were stuck living in the Studio 6 for two weeks… with the dogs. It was great fun (please note the sarcasm). But finally the glorious day came and we were able to move into our home. Cue the start of cleaning, painting, decorating, and several trips to IKEA. By July most of the main things in the house were finished, but as any homeowner knows, the work is never done. I was lucky enough to find yet another wonderful family to nanny for. It’s the perfect job to keep me occupied but since the kids are at school during the day and have weekends off, it allows me to spend plenty of time on my photography as well! Couldn’t ask for better. Oh and did I mention July 27th marked our 1 year wedding anniversary?! Aww =]
A few months after moving I booked my first Ohio Wedding! Though it won’t be until 2015, I am still over-the-moon excited about it. In August I attended another Dayton Bridal Expo, and as the months continued some friends back in NY announced engagements and requested my services as well! I did a beautiful family photoshoot at Cox Arboretum in the fall, and last but not least I get to travel to Syracuse, NY next weekend to witness and photograph my good friend and former teammate’s wedding! I am so excited for the future because I know these opportunities are just the start. “Patience, persistence, and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” –Napoleon Hill
Moving to a new city away from friends and family was hard, but after a few months of home decorating/settling in, meeting new people, attending expos, joining league volleyball, family visits, and going to Bengals games, I finally got the feeling that this was now our home. I am so grateful for the love and support from my wonderful family and friends. Now as 2013 has reached it's end, it's time to celebrate Christmas in our new house, watch the ball drop, and ring in the New Year. Here's to 2014!
Happy Holidays to all- Cheers!